: AP: Russia briefly detains, deports US broadcasting chief

19:16 Jul. 13, 2016

AP: Russia briefly detains, deports US broadcasting chief

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Russian authorities did not explain the expulsion

Russian authorities briefly detained and then deported the chief of the board that oversees US government broadcasting overseas, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, the agency said Wednesday, the latest move amid heightening friction between Washington and Moscow.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors said in a statement that its chairman, Jeff Shell, was denied entry into Russia on arriving at Moscow's main international airport late Tuesday despite having a valid US passport and Russian visa. He was detained in a locked room for several hours before being escorted onto a flight to Amsterdam.

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The statement said Russian authorities did not explain the expulsion. But it said that Shell told colleagues traveling with him that airport security officials told him he was subject to a lifetime ban on entering Russia.

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